A standard is a definition or format established by consensus and approved by a recognized body. Applied to data, standards provide structure, content, terminology (values), rules and guidelines for information collected. Data standards ensure that mandatory fields and requirements to validate the data when it is entered are captured, rules for the data elements are recognized and that we understand how the data is captured, stored and presented.
Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
The participation of subject matter experts in the development of standards and the design of ZIMS is vital to the success of the Project. One of IADISC's goals is to promote and support the involvement of SMEs by maintaining a list of contacts and identifying workshops and discussion participants as needed.
The SME database contains a list of subject matter experts that have volunteered to become involved in either ZIMS JAD (Joint Application Design) Workshops, Standards Work, or the Electronic Discussion Forums.
There are 4 standards discussion forums: core, veterinary, taxonomy and aquatic. If you are interested in participating in any of these 4 discussion forums, please contact the standard moderators below or go to www.zimsforum.com/discussion:
core: Nilda Ferrer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
veterinary : Ilse Stalis (IStalis@sandiegozoo.org) or Tracy Clippinger (email@example.com )
taxonomy : Paul Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Johnson (email@example.com)
aquatic : Jane Davis (Jane.Davis@disney.com)
To become involved in the Standards Work and ZIMS design, please contact one of the IADISC representative for your region.
ZIMS data standard development process:
1. Standards Document Champion
Draft the initial standard by completing the executive summary, definition and example terms.
After workshop in which standard is discussed, interpret and incorporate the initial compilation of the workshop reviews into the master standards document. (Note: initial clean up of the post workshop document is the responsibility of workshop documenter)
Monitor discussion forum of the assigned standard. (set alerts on forum to receive all postings). Respond to questions posted by other reviewers. Add or summarize replies. Solicit comments from SME’s if they are no responses on the discussion forum.
After the 2-week forum review period ends, interpret and incorporate the initial compilation of the forum reviews into the master standards document.
2. Standards Forum Moderator
Recruit and organized document champions.
Assist document champions.
Monitor discussion forums.
Ensure standards tasks are completed on schedule (draft, forum review, compilation, voting, submission)
Archived Standards Listserve Discussion Group Documents